About the Saratoga Film Forum

The Saratoga Film Forum is a member-supported, member-run non-profit arts organization in downtown Saratoga Springs, bringing first-run independent, foreign and documentary films that you are not likely to find locally on a big screen. We carefully select films to provide a diverse, interesting, challenging range of movies.

Founded 23 years ago, we value community involvement. We are a volunteer-driven organization, including our Board of Directors. In addition to first run films, the Film Forum gives emphasis to enhanced “forum” events, which pair films with panels, lectures, concerts and other presentations.

As our community and the film business evolves, we are looking for innovative ways to bring our local film community and film lovers together. We welcome your suggestions and ideas, as well as collaborations with other local and regional non-profit and educational organizations.

In addition to our website, there are many ways to find out what we’re up to:  a bimonthly newsletter, weekly e-mail updates, a newspaper column, our blog (under News on the website). You can also find us on Facebook  and Twitter (@togafilmforum)

We are committed to keeping our films affordable for everyone. Please consider becoming a member or making a donation. As a tax-exempt organization, your donations are tax deductible. Membership forms are downloadable here.

Contact Carol Maxwell at filmforumboard@gmail.com if you have film suggestions, or are interested in exploring a collaboration.


A BRIEF HISTORY OF OUR ORGANIZATION:  Saratoga Springs once boasted as many as three downtown movie houses. By the late Eighties, these were gone. In 1993,  a group of  Saratoga residents launched an initiative to open a welcoming, in-town, not-for-profit movie theater where people devoted to the art of cinema could see and talk about top-caliber, hard-to-find films. Film Forum movies were shown in a hotel ballroom, a drive-in movie theater, a coffee house, college auditoriums, churches, and the top floor of City Hall. Since the mid-Nineties we have made our home in the Dee Sarno Theater of the Saratoga Arts Center at 320 Broadway, with thrice-weekly screenings at this downtown venue.

Our programming today reflects a range of genres with something for everyone: critically acclaimed new releases, classics, foreign films, family features, documentaries, shorts, animated movies, and film or video productions by local and nationally known filmmakers. We strive to keep our program affordable to all, and for members, children, and students.

Periodically, screenings at our venue feature a “film forum” component, with a panel, performance, or presentation led by experts and informed viewers. We celebrate film as a powerful aesthetic medium and we strongly promote film-going as an interactive experience; indeed, for two decades the Film Forum has served as a cultural commons where movie-lovers share in a community defined by a shared regard for film.